Week 1 of the NFL preseason is in the books with 29 players with Connecticut connections on NFL rosters. That number is down one from a week ago as the Arizona Cardinals cut former UConn star Trevardo Williams on Friday. Two former UConn linebackers stood out as both Oakland’s Sio Moore and Tampa Bay’s Danny Lansanah led their teams in tackles. Here’s an update:
BRONCOS - Terrance Knighton, DL, Windsor: Started and had one tackle in win over Seattle.
TEXANS - Ryan Griffin, UConn, TE: Griffin had no receptions and one pass thrown his way in loss to Arizona.
CARDINALS - Matt Shaughnessy, DL, Norwich: Started but had no stats in win over Houston.
REDSKINS - Nick Williams, WR, UConn; Rob Jackson, LB, West Haven, Jordan Reed, TE, New London, and Chris Baker, DL, Windsor: All three saw playing time in a loss to the Patriots. Williams produced no stats, Jackson had one tackle and Baker was credited with one QB hurry. Reed had no stats.
FALCONS - Robert McClain, CB, UConn, and Yawin Smallwood, LB, UConn: McClain started in the win over Miami and had two tackles on defense and one on special teams. Smallwood had one tackle and on assist on defense and one tackle on special teams.
RAIDERS - Tyvon Branch. SS, UConn, Sio Moore, LB, UConn, and Kory Sheets, RB, Bloomfield: Branch started at strong safety against the Vikings and had three tackles. Moore had two tackles and a sack for a 4-yard loss. Sheets had five carries for 18 yards and had one catch for -1.
STEELERS - Kasif Moore, WR, UConn: Did not play vs. Giants.
VIKINGS - Shamar Stephen, DT, Vikings: Had a team-leading five combined tackers - two solo and three assists in win over Raiders.
TITANS - Blidi Wreh-Wilson, DB, UConn: Started at CB vs. the Packers and had an assist on a tackle.
CHARGERS - Donald Brown, RB, UConn; Kendall Reyes, DL, UConn, and Dwight Freeney, DL, Bloomfield: Brown carried three times for 22 yards vs. Dallas. Reyes started at left defensive end and had one assist, while Freeney did not play.
JAGUARS - Dwayne Gratz, DB, UConn, and Jordan Todman, RB, UConn: Both players started vs. Tampa Bay. Gratz, at LCB, had no stats . Todman carried five times for 5 yards and caught a pass for 6 yards.